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Middle schoolers can register for summer camp

COVINGTON -- The Newton College & Career Academy is expanding its services to teach future students, too.

The Academy, which is open to Newton County high school students, will offer its first Summer Theme Camps to rising seven- and eighth-grade students next month.

"We are excited about the opportunity to share with middle school students exactly what goes on here at Newton College & Career Academy," said Michelle Smith, a business and computer science teacher at NCCA. "We are having the camps to inform and excite middle school students about the opportunities available to them at the career academy."

Students can study graphic arts, business and computer science, engineering, cosmetology, career planning, law enforcement, marketing and manufacturing at the camp, which is from June 10 through 20 at the school, located on Ram Drive in Covington. NCCA staff teach the classes.

Session 1 runs from 8 a.m. to noon June 10 through 13, and Session 2 is at the same times June 17 through 20. The cost is $25 per student, per session.

"Students can register for one or both sessions. There are 10 options for them to choose from, so if they attend both sessions they can experience eight different areas," Smith said.

During the camp, the students will complete a hands-on project in each content area, like dragster cars and a Photoshop collage.

"Our hope is that students will return home with the projects that they complete at the camps and use those projects as a reminder of the fun they had completing them and maybe that we can spark an interest for a certain career path for some students or just exposure that they might not get otherwise," Smith said.

Students can register by dropping off their applications and payment to the NCCA front office early from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or they can register the first day of each session. Registration is first come, first serve based on the maximum number of students per session.

Registration forms can be found on the school website at www.newtoncareeracademy.org or in the front office at NCCA.

The total enrollment for each camp session is 150 students or 15 students per program area, so early registration is encouraged, Smith said.

NCCA hopes to continue to offer the camps each year.